The cheeky monkey smoothie

cheeky monkey smoothie

A delicious smoothie packed full of goodness – plus your chance to win one of eight Passion 4 Juice recipe books

If one of your New Year resolutions was to take a healthier approach to food, then starting the day with a delicious juice or smoothie is surely one of the easiest way to pack in a whole heap of goodies. For the last couple of weeks, this is what I’ve been doing and I feel fantastic. I’m gradually working my way through the Passion 4 Juice recipe book, created by my good friend Trish Tucker-May, which features some brilliant recipes for juices and smoothies made from both fruit and vegetables.

Together with her husband Joe and two young sons, Trish spends half the year in the UK taking their mobile juice bar from one festival to another, and then the other half of the year she does the same but back in her homeland of Australia. Now doesn’t that sound like an amazing way to live? Before she headed off to warmer climes down under, she gave me some of her fabulous recipe books to give away to readers of Bangers & Mash. I’ll tell you how you can get hold of a copy at the end of the post, but first over to Trish to tell you a bit more about why she loves juicing…

“I feel really lucky as we leave the UK and head Down Under for the summer of festival fun. Spending six months in the UK and six months in Australia, keeping people healthy at festivals, is an unusual but rewarding way to live my passion. But it seems right to me as I get to go home and see family and friends. Also escaping the UK winter has its benefits!

“I have been juicing and making smoothies for 30 years now and I love introducing people to new taste sensations. Here are some other great reasons to make juices and smoothies every day:

  • Best way to fulfil daily recommended fruits and vegetables
  • Rapid intake and assimilation of vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, enzymes and antioxidants in the body
  • Very cleansing/detoxifying – assists in the removal of toxins
  • Weight loss
  • Very alkalizing – diseases thrive in acidic conditions
  • Clears the mind and balances moods and blood sugars
  • Improves your complexion
  • Increased energy
  • Improves your hair, skin and nails
  • Improves your overall health.

“Why not kick-start each day with a taste sensation that will revitalise, inspire and rejuvenate you? With our on-the-move lifestyles and chaotic schedules, it is difficult to find the time to prepare and consume a meal that has sufficient energy and nutrients to sustain a balanced and healthy way of life. Quick and wholesome refreshments, rich in vital nutrients, are in high demand. This is the kind of daily boost we need.

“If it’s a tangy wake-up call, a smooth pacifier or a zesty jump-start you’re after, your personalised fresh pressed juice will do the trick.

“In the Passion 4 Juice book,  I have collected some of our bestselling recipes, plus some of my favourite juices and smoothies from around the world. This handy little book is in a wipe clean format, so it doesn’t matter if it gets splashed with juice. Keep it next to your juicer or blender and have a bit of fun trying some of my favourites.”

As I mentioned, I’m enjoying working my way through the Passion 4 Juice book. My favourite juice concoctions so far have been The Morning After featuring ginger, carrots and pineapple and Buzz Juice with apples, celery and beetroot.

And the whole family loved this gorgeous smoothie recipe from Trish called The Cheeky Monkey, made with almond milk, banana, raw cacao, dates and spices. We served ours cold over ice, but Trish recommends this served warm as a lovely winter warmer. We also left out the chilli from the children’s helping.

cheeky monkey smoothie

The Cheeky Monkey Smoothie

1 banana
1 cup of freshly made almond milk
a pinch of nutmeg, cinnamon and chilli – the stronger for me the better
1 heaped tbsp raw cacao
1 tbsp peanut butter
3 dates

Blend all the ingredients in a liquidiser, and then warm in a pan on the stove top – don’t overheat but give it just a bit of warmth so it stays raw and delicious. This should warm you up on the coldest of winter days.

Win the Passion 4 Juice recipe book

All you have to do to win one of eight Passion 4 Juice recipe books is leave me a comment below, providing your ideas for new smoothie or fresh juice combinations. Trish will select her eight favourites to receive a prize.

The closing date for entries is Sunday 2 February 2014 and please note that books can only be shipped to UK addresses.

I can’t wait to hear your suggestions!

41 thoughts on “The cheeky monkey smoothie

  1. Great post thanks Ness.

    But is juice the new junk food?

    Fruit juice is getting some bad press at the moment. Is fruit juice the new junk food?
    I absolutely agree with Emine Saner and Elizabeth Chaplin in the story reported in the Guardian Fruit boxes should be consumed with caution. Concentrated, heat treated fruit juice is packed with sugar and very little nutrients as with heat treating most of the goodness is destroyed.

    But if you are having fresh pressed juice or smoothies packed with real fruit and veg I can guarantee you are going to be feeling more energised and your immune system will thank you. I like to eat my fruit and drink my veg. With the exception of bananas which are a must for making green smoothies packed with kale more palatable.

    Fruit sugar is very different to refined sugar and shouldnt be feared. I think it also depends on where you live and what is in season. I am in Australia at the moment and it is mango for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They are ripe, local and packed with the suns energy. I don’t tend to make smoothies with them as I find it too sweet and too much fruit in juice or smoothies gives me a sugar headache.

    The trouble we often face is that our kids are having a juice box instead of water. They would be better off eating an apple and drinking water. The juice box, even though it may say ‘no added sugar’, still acts as sugar when entering the blood stream . It is nutrient poor due to the processing and heat treating. I think it is important to differentiate between processed smoothies and ones you make yourself and drink fresh. Smoothies made at home with raw, seasonal fruit are easily digested and very good for you. But if you were just juicing lots of fruit you may still be feeding infections, candida and even cancer as these thrive on sugar.

    Be aware of fast food giants selling smoothies that are 100% real, natural and with a ‘real fruit feel in the mouth’. This is processing gone nuts. They will have no nutritional value, be high in fat and packed with sugar. If it is heat treated (killed/concentrated) it will have no living enzymes. Now that Innocent Smoothies have been bought out by Coca-Cola I bet they are going to have more sugar than ever.

    My advice will stay the same. Eat your fruit, drink your veg and try getting more leafy greens into you anyway you can. If it is in a smoothie, great! It has been working for me for the last 30 years. Don’t forget that 4 – 6 pints of pure filtered water is also vital to good health and abundant energy.

    What do you readers think about juice being junk? I know how I feel if I have junk food and I know how I feel when I have a real, fresh, raw smoothie like the Cheeky Monkey for an afternoon pick me up. As a mum I also know what I feel comfortable giving my kids. Give me the home made smoothie anyday!

  2. My absolutely favourite summer drink is strawberry slush with 7up (for 2): 10 frozen strawberries, 2-3 sliced bananas and 1 can of 7up.
    Winter one is: 5 dates, 1 banana, 100 ml of almond milk, 1 tsp of hot chocolate powder.

  3. The cheeky monkey looks fab, and I can’t wait to try it. I’m a bit boring when it comes to smoothies to be honest, usually there are bananas in the fruit bowl waiting to get used up and if I have any berries they’d go in too. I do like green smoothies and my oddest one to date used fresh stinging nettles in lieu of spinach, whilst taste fantastic (and no, they didn’t sting!)
    Janie x

    1. I have run out of kale and spinach in the garden now so have decided to try choko leaves – not bad! I have juiced stinging nettles before but never in a smoothie. I will try when I get back to the UK in May. We don’t have them here in Australia.

  4. Yum feeling a bit coldy and grumpy (day off tomorrow after a 14 day week) and husbandless so I tried this smoothie with cashew butter and it’s yummy I feel more cheerful already. I like beetroot, apple and fennel (and sometimes add fennel seeds if I haven’t got left over bits of bulb fennel. I’m keen to try green juices – the nettle one above makes me think I’ll have to try that too.

    1. I am eager to get over my reluctance and try fennel .. I just keep thinking I will taste a glass full of licorice root for some reason ?!

  5. These are all lovely recipes, it will be hard to choose my favourites. Keep them coming and please keep sharing with friends and family. My mission is to inspire people to be healthy by making juice and smoothies everyday.

  6. I quite like – for winter – a Chai spiced one. I made one with almond milk, banana, cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla and ginger. If feeling indulgent a bit of vanilla ice cream…!

  7. this blog has made me experiment more with my new juicer: I like this pears/ kale/ and about 6 sage leaves – but the sage is a very distinct taste and some wouldn’t like it

    1. love sage and many herbs in juice. have you tried lemon myrtle – maybe it is an Australian bush recipe – so divine! Many more recipes on my FB page too passion4juice

  8. my favorite smoothie is seasonal fruits, Greek yogurt , oats , almond and protein powder. you are good to go till lunch, sometimes don’t even need lunch, just a light snack.

    1. This sounds great. I have been using good hemp seeds and oil as protein. Also making my own almond milk is saving me lots of money. Many more recipes on my FB page too passion4juice so please check it out.

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